The HH came home yesterday afternoon after spending the morning down in Portland having part of his ear shaved off. Or rather mohs surgery for the skin cancer on his left ear. He had part of his right ear stolen by the same procedure a few years ago.
Man, we’re going downhill fast. This is when it starts, right? When you get to be around 50 or so, your body just starts falling apart? I think we have officially hit the maintenance mode stage of life.
What’s next? Eating prunes, using a magnifying glass, asking for senior discounts and talking about medical procedures with random strangers in the checkout line?
Anyway, I told the HH he has the weekend off. All projects have been put on hold until Monday.
Life. It’s just on big adventure after another around here. And some are way more fun than others. 😉
Have a good weekend everyone,
I think you and the HH have a long way to go before the maintenance mode kicks in. You’re having a set back, or a reset. Wishing you both a restful, beautiful weekend.
He deserves it for sure. Have a restful weekend both of you!
Rebecca in MD says
Wishing you both a relaxing weekend and a smooth recovery for your husband. My husband is having a toe stolen today due to an infection in the bone.
Mavis Butterfield says
Mama Cook says
I’m in agreement with Linda…just a bump in the road, try not to be discouraged! Enjoy a restful weekend! Wishing you renewed spirits come Monday!!!
I do find everything seems to come at once though! You’ve a way to go yet and can I place a small bet that HH is out and about before the end of the weekend!! Have a good one. x
Life is a series of hills, up and down…take it as that and you are ready for the next climb up. All is good…you are both young and have lots of power for a long life…Blessings to you both…
P.S. Talking as a 70year old )))
Glad to see your husband goes to the dermatologist to get checked! My FIL refuses to go and it’s very clear he’s got something going on with his nose.
Fred Meyer, here, gives senior discounts to those 50+. Thanks for sharing the struggle! You are not alone, but you are wonderful!
Lace Faerie says
Really? How do we get that? I’m a Fred Meyers every week!
Gail C. says
As a 66 year old survivor I believe very day you wake up is a good day. Btw they are no longer marketed as prunes….they are dried plums.
Laura L. says
Nancy W says
Have a wonderful weekend. If you are interested in another Maine business check out Spruce Tree Studio they offer wonderful punch needle kits, painted tee shirts and pillows. I think you would really enjoy visiting! If you meet Sarah tell her Nancy from Oregon says hello!
Your words for women everywhere! Hope HH feels comfortable and that you have a nice weekend. My strawberry garland arrived yesterday and it’s so wonderful. Just ordered another for my friend. Thanks for your perfect packaging. 🙂
We are early sixties and I think that the around 50 downslide is a wake up call or it was for us. No more eating junky food and overeating sugar. No more popping OTC drugs every time we had a twinge. In fact we threw out all the OTC drugs and found alternatives that didn’t kick our immune systems in the teeth. Time to really make sure we got our water down every day, Time to really pay attention to our diet and get the veggies and fruits and salads down every single day. Time to stop staying up late and get good sleep every night. Time to get moving. We are in better health today than we were then.
Some days I feel like they are burying me one piece at a time. I hope your husband recovers quickly.
Tom Just (Old) Tom says
Do you want to know what’s worse than asking for a senior discount?
Asking for a senior discount, reaching for your wallet to prove your age, and having the checkout clerk say, “That’s OK, I believe you when you say you qualify.”
Hmpfh. Darn youngsters!
Nope. Being told you qualify for a senior discount … and you don’t (and, the clerk was just trying to be helpful). 🙂
Just to be clear – I didn’t ask for a senior discount!
Linda Sand says
No prunes but I do enlarge the type when reading blogs on my computer. But I’m 73 so you have along way to go yet.
Yes is the answer to all your questions in your post!
Order a hat for HH today. It must have a wide brim to cover his ears as well as his neck and face. He must wear it every time he goes outside. Double up when out on the water. Or maybe make friends with someone who did not wear a hat and check out their skin up close. It’s not so attractive and sun damage can lead to other damages in your body without you ever knowing until it’s too late.
Sunscreen is a must from the minute he steps out of the shower for a new day.
Every day! We love a clear zinc from our dermatologist. It’s pricey but my HH has been dealing with Moh’s for years now and we feel it’s well worth it. His dermo congratulates him every 6 months and it makes him smile!
Prune juice. Ick! But, my daily drink. Ick.
Patti Vanderbloemen says
Well wishes to him for a speedy recovery….I am glad he got it done!
As we say around here “Growing older is not for wimps-you gotta be tough”!
J in OH-IO says
Ha! Ha!! My Dad has a similar saying “growing old is not for sissies!” Stay strong everyone & enjoy the weekend!
My FIL says, “you have to be tough as nails to grow older!” It use to be funny…not so much now that I’m here! Ha!!! He’s tough though…doesn’t give up. Walks everyday, eats well, gardens, putters around in his wood shop & plays with his great grandson!!! I admire his tenacity!!!
Well, my husband and I were eating at a local restaurant a few years ago and found out we got free ice cream for being seniors. My husband felt chagrined, but I was excited. If I get free ice cream just for getting older, I’m in! I have even stopped coloring my hair.
Nancy D says
Big hug to you both for your recent diagnosed and recoveries. Thank you for taking care of each other!
Mine was eye glasses, a root canal and a couple of knee surgeries. Today I had the last of my hair color cut off. The stylist’s teenage daughter told me that people were trying like crazy to get my salt and pepper silver – – I guess maybe that mean I’m ‘trending’ – HA!
Carolina Cooper says
I can’t think of a better way for the HH to spend his recuperation time than with a book on the great Maine painter, Andrew Wyeth!!! I spied the book under his arm in your picture of him on the blog.
After reading it, he may want to read up on his son, Jamie Wyeth, who is still painting today—on Monhegan Island and Tenant’s Harbor—both close to you folks.
My best friend used to say ” After 50, it’s just patch, patch, patch!”
Wishing you both a restful weekend…although I tend to agree with a previous comment, that your HH won’t make it through without working on something.
My doctor always said that baseball caps were a bad idea from the start. Too many people coming in with skin cancers on their ears and the back of their necks.
He always recommended hats with a brim, (think Amish), or a cowboy hat for more protection.
Hey Mavis- don’t knock prunes! I’ve just gone through chemo and radiation for anal canal cancer and prunes have saved the day for me I’m in my seventies and my friends and I laugh at how much conversation revolves around our health! Yup- getting old is not for wimps. Have a lovely week and enjoy the chocolate cake.